NFL trade rumors: Broncos willing to listen to Emmanuel Sanders offers

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The Broncos, fading fast at 2-5, likely will seriously consider expected offers for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, according to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources.

Teams looking for wide receiver help — the Panthers, Patriots, Eagles and 49ers, among them — are expected to check in with the Broncos, who last year dealt Demaryius Thomas to the Texans for a 2019 fourth-round pick.

The sources say the Broncos likely will seek a higher draft pick for Sanders, and, per ESPN, "would welcome a second-day draft pick," meaning a second- or third-round choice

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Sanders, 32, has 30 catches for 367 yards and two touchdowns seven games into the last year of a three-year, $33 million contract that pays him $10.25 million this season.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection suffered a torn left Achilles tendon in practice in December and also underwent surgery on his right ankle in January.

But he made a remarkable recovery and was a full participant in training camp by the middle of August.

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Sanders likely would welcome a change of scenery, especially to a playoff contender, which barring a huge turnaround Denver is not.

In 134 career games, with the Steelers and Broncos, Sanders has 565 catches for 7,391 and 39 touchdowns. His best season with the Broncos was his first, 2014, when he had 101 catches for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns.

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